Monday was a holiday in Ontario, called Family Day. I participated in Grimsby’s 10 km race for my first official race of 2o16. This ways my third 10 km race ever. Last year, I participated in this race as my first 10 km race. I thought it would be fun to run the same course again this year to see if I have progressed as a runner, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I woke up at 6:00 a.m. to be out the door by 7:30. My breakfast consisted of my usual tried-and-true oatmeal, toast and coffee. I got dressed in many layers, due to the cold, see image of flat Lucie below.
When I left the house, the weather was a cold -12 c, warmer than last year’s -29 with the windchill. Still, I wore pretty much the same outfit. Two pairs of leggings, a long sleeve shirt, a thick sweatshirt and my Saucony outer shell.
I didn’t sign up in advance for this race. I registered on the day of the event. I wanted to have the choice to back out if the weather was too cold. I got there pretty early and there wasn’t a queue to sign up yet. It took a few minutes and then I had the best of an hour to warm up and mentally prepare myself for the race.
The half marathon start was at 9:00, and the 10 Km was 5 minutes later. The runners headed out the door all the same time but the starting line were in different location. The officials were directing the half marathoners to the right, the 10 km racers to the left. We waited round for several minutes keeping warm when we heard the gun for the half marathon. Two minutes to our start time, the official joked that the half marathon had started and that anyone who was running the half marathon better get going to catch up. Sure enough, one woman hadn’t been paying attention and was in the wrong coral, she left running with a panicked look!
At 9:05, the gun went off and so did the 74 racers. Last year there were many more since they had cancelled the 1/2 marathon due to the extremely cold weather. The race was scenic, we ran through the community, the adorable downtown, over the highway, and along the southern shore of Lake Ontario (and the million dollar house that have settled there too).
My first 5 km was very fast, I averaged close to 5 min/km. At around the 4th Km, I started to get tired, and slowed down and was running closer to 5:30 – 5:40/km. Kilometers 6, 7 and 8 were the toughest because my thighs were cold and sore. By the time I got 9 I looked at the time on my watch, knew I was doing well and was possibly going for a personal best. I felt re energized. By then the temperatures had risen to -4 Celsius and my hands and head felt like they were overheating.
The last 5oo meters, I was running beside a man. I kept close to him because I wanted to beat him at the end. He caught on to what I was doing and tried to speed up but I kept pace with him. At the last 100 meters, I started in full sprint and he followed suit. He didn’t want to get beat by a woman, and I was going to try. Turns out, our final times were identical in the end! This little competition at the end gave me what I wanted, a new Personal Record for the 10 Km race; 55:29, shattering my former P.R of 57:22 when I raced the Peach Bud 1o km. Last year’s time for this race was 59:01.
That concluded my race recap. Overall I enjoyed the race immensely. I was disappointed that there weren’t any finishers medals or any photographers for the event. I love buying a photo of my finish as a memento and to include in my race recap! So, I had to settle for this terrible post race selfie.
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